Relationship between balance function and QOL in cancer survivors and healthy subjects

Shinichiro Morishita, Ryo Hirabayashi, Atsuhiro Tsubaki, Osamu Aoki, Jack B. Fu, Hideaki Onishi, Tetsuya Tsuji

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: A previous study reported that cancer survivors exhibit decreased postural stability compared to age-matched controls. Another study showed that cancer survivors have a lower quality of life (QOL) compared to healthy subjects, and there was a significant relationship between muscle strength and QOL in cancer survivors. We aimed to investigate differences in the associations between balance function and QOL in cancer survivors and healthy subjects.Forty-one cancer survivors and 33 healthy subjects were included. Balance function was evaluated using the timed up and go test, and body sway was tested using a force platform. QOL was assessed using the medical outcome study 36-item short-form health survey.Cancer survivors exhibited significantly higher timed up and go and lower QOL than that of healthy subjects (P < .05). There was a significant association between body sway and QOL (P < .05) among cancer survivors. However, healthy subjects had subscales for QOL related to the body sway test parameters more frequently than cancer survivors (P < .05).Cancer survivors' balance function may have little effect on QOL, unlike in healthy subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e27822
JournalMedicine
Volume100
Issue number46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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